Trinity chosen as host institution for national fellowship in church music

Trinity Cathedral has been chosen by the Association of Anglican Musicians (AAM) as the host institution for the 2017-18 Gerre Hancock Fellowship. This Fellowship sponsors one recent university graduate for a year’s postgraduate experience working in an Episcopal music program.  The Hancock Fellowship program is now entering its third season.  The previous host institutions have been Washington National Cathedral and Trinity Church in Boston.

The winner of the 2017-18 Hancock Fellowship is Thomas Heidenreich, a 2017 graduate of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, where he earned both Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in four years.  He studied organ with Alan Morrison, and has served as Organ Scholar of Trinity Episcopal Church in Princeton under the direction of Tom Whittemore.

Thomas was selected from a strong field of applicants from throughout the United States, and he was one of four finalists to visit Trinity Cathedral for an audition this spring. He was the first choice of Trinity Cathedral and will bring a wealth of gifts to serve us here. Thomas possesses brilliant musicianship and intellect, a gentle and sincere disposition, and the heart of a church musician.  He will begin his work among us at the end of August, and will serve in this capacity for ten months.

The Association of Anglican Musicians is a national organization of Episcopal musicians.  The Gerre Hancock Fellowship is named after one of AAM’s founders, who was best known as the Music Director of Saint Thomas Church on Fifth Avenue in New York. He was also a graduate school classmate of John Haney, and played the dedicatory recital of Trinity’s organ in 1998.  Dr. Hancock mentored several generations of leading church musicians, and this fellowship carries on his legacy of mentorship. 

Here is the news release from the AAM internship committee:

The Association of Anglican Musicians Internship committee is pleased to announce that Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Columbia, South Carolina will be the host institution for the AAM Gerre Hancock Fellowship during the 2017-18 season, and Thomas Heidenreich (B.Mus., M.Mus. Westminster Choir College, student of Alan Morrison) has been named as Fellow. Under the inspired leadership of Jared Johnson, Trinity Cathedral has established one of the most exciting Chorister programs in the Episcopal Church, with two choral services in the morning and Choral Evensong every Sunday, plus special services and occasional concerts, sung by a variety of choirs (Men & Boys, Men & Girls, Adults, Cathedral Singers, and Trinity Youth Chorus) at an extraordinarily high level of excellence.

The purpose of the fellowship is to offer an extraordinarily talented young church musician, who simply lacks experience making music in the Anglican/Episcopal traditions of liturgy and music, an opportunity to be mentored intensely for one year in one of the Episcopal Church’s great music programs by one or more of our leading musicians. The intent is that the fellowship will be broad based, meaning that the intern will be mentored intentionally in every aspect of the many musical and non-musical skills that are required to be a highly successful church musician.